Sheet Metal Workers

Sheet Metal Workers International Association

SHEET METAL WORKERSSmart Local #18 - Wisconsin

Work Description

Sheet metal workers layout, shear, form, fabricate, weld, solder, assemble and service heating and cooling systems, and exterior building ornamentation. They fabricate, manufacture, and install commercial, industrial and residential appliances and products.

Working Conditions

Combination of shop work and construction site work. Use shop fabrication machinery; outdoor work may require working from ladders and scaffolding.


  • High school diploma or GED
  • 18 years old or high school graduate at age 17
  • Physically capable of performing the trade
  • Good physical condition
  • Recommended high school courses: general math, shop math, algebra, geometry, mechanical and architectural drawing, general science, shop courses, computers.

Application Process

  • Apply to Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Submit high school transcript or GED
  • Pass an aptitude test
  • Interview with Joint Apprenticeship Committee
  • Apprentices selected by employers from a list ranked according to test/interview scores

Terms of Apprenticeship

  • 5 years/10,000 hours of on-the-job training
  • 504 hours of related classroom instruction (paid)
  • 330 hours of night school on own time to include first aid course
  • First year is probationary period
  • Wage scale systematically increases throughout the apprenticeship on a percentage basis

For More Information:

Sheet Metal Workers Local #18
2201 Springdale Road, Waukesha, WI  53186
Phone:  (262) 798-1818 | Fax: (262) 798-1837 | Toll Free:  (800) 242-5822

Mike Mooney, Business Manager

Roger Jackson, Business Representative
28105 Wildhagen Road, Webster, WI  54893
Phone:  (715) 866-5188

Craig Wagner, Business Representative
5117 Deerhaven Lane, Sheboygan, WI 53083
Phone: (920) 904-7574

Scott Knocke, Business Representative
1513 Jeffery Court, North Fond du Lac, WI 54937
Phone:  (920) 904-7574

Daniel Wippich, Business Representative
Phone: (920) 819-7300

 Sheet Metal Workers International Association (SMWIA)

Sheet Metal Workers, Union, Wisconsin,Northeastern WI,Organized in 1888The International Headquarters building for the Sheet Metal Workers International Association is open from 8:30am to 5:00pm Monday through Friday.  Most of our departmental offices are located at our headquarters at:

Sheet Metal Workers International Association
1750 New York Avenue, NW - 6th floor
Washington, DC  20006


The abridged version of this history, which will be published throughout the year in this and the next five issues of the Journal, begins with a look backward to the very beginning of the SMWIA, then picks up the story in the 1980s.

From there, it follows the union’s efforts to confront the challenge of nonunion construction, protect and raise living standards for its various membership groups, and anticipate and even help create new work opportunities for skilled sheet metal workers. If it does not tell a story of continuous “progress and achievement,” as many union histories tend to do, it does attempt to give a frank appraisal of the leadership’s vision, policies, and goals and how these changed over time; the memberships’ willingness to

buy into IA programs designed to grow market share; and the effectiveness of joint labor-management ventures to keep up with changes in technology, in the composition of the work force and the structure of the industry, and in the perceived value of a union-trained work force. In the process, it addresses issues that are as old as the

SMWIA itself: the tension between local autonomy: and IA authority, the failure to organize outside of city centers, the competing interests of building trades and production workers, the rise and fall of different branches of the trade, and the difficulty of sustaining an international organization through times of economic depression, corporate and political hostility, and internal conflict.

Because this history follows three different IA administrations over the last thirty years, it is, in a sense, a study in leadership: It pits visions of what the union could and should be against the everyday realities of internal politics, practical economics, and competing interests. It examines the difficulty of implementing change—even when the stakes are high—in an organization that values tradition and local autonomy. And it weighs the benefits of satisfying short-term demands against the costs of ignoring the future, a risky calculation for any sitting president but one that cannot be ignored for long if the

union intends to survive.